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When you light a candle it starts out very small and then quickly grows to approx. a 2 cm flame height.  There's plenty of fuel and oxygen etc.

Why does it stop growing ?


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The amount of available fuel does not determine the maximum size of a flame -- more important is how rapidly the fuel can be delivered into the flame. A wick can only deliver melted wax to the flame, and then only as that wax moves through the wick. Thus, it is a slow delivery system. Which, by the way, is exactly why candles are useful -- they deliver fuel to a flame at a slow but steady rate. As such, the flame stays the same size, lasts a long time, and never gets too large too handle -- unlike (say) a bonfire that burns a house down.


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B.A. in Physics (with honors) from University of California at Berkeley.M.A. in Physics (with honors) from University of Texas Austin.

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